11-pound largemouth

11-Pound Largemouth Caught on Lipless Crankbait Blows Angler Away

Watch this angler fight and land an absolute tank - a just under 11-pound largemouth bass. He shares how he did it and how you can too.

Matt Allen of Tactical Bassin introduces this video that was taken a few weeks ago by his partner Tim Little, who he's chatting with on the phone when Little hooks into an absolute brute of a fish. It's a nearly 11-pound largemouth bass that Tim fights and lands and, frankly, flabbergasts Little with its size and heft.

Little was fishing by himself when he landed the big bass on a beautiful warm day in February. When he puts the scale to the fish it weighs in at a whopping 10.88 pounds. An absolutely beautiful catch.

Little caught the brute out of Clear Lake, California. Last year Clear Lake was rated number three best bass lake in North America by Bassmaster Magazine and the number one best bass lake on the west coast. The lake record is a bass weighing 17.52 pounds.

Clear Lake is a veritable big bass factory, all right.

Little indicates that he was casting a Lucky Craft LV 500 Lipless Crankbait, a lure he says he loves to throw when searching for bass in grass. 

He had the lure tied to a 15 pound leader and 30 pound Sufix 832 Braided line. He was casting a Loomis E6X rod paired with a Shimano Curado 70 casting reel. Little says that he really likes this rod and reel combo. "When you hook those fish," he says, "the rod stays loaded and it plays those fish very well."

"If you guys haven't thrown lipless crankbaits," he continues, "it's a great way to put a lot of fish in the boat and put some truly giant fish in the boat."

"You can have an epic day, a lot of fun," he smiles, comparing the bite to a jig bite. Yeah, I'd say that landing an 11-pound largemouth would make my day pretty epic all right.

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